Hop along in our special stamp release mini hop! AND COFFEE is the latest 4x8 coffee-themed set from The Bee's Knees and you could win it for yourself by simply leaving a comment! Click here (ends 12/11)

Monday, December 11, 2017

Sunday, December 10, 2017


We've got winners and top picks of all of last month's challenges, as well as winners of our 3rd Annual Giving Blog Hop & Linky Party and ARTplorations Stencil Hop Featuring Sanna Lippert Designs Stencils. Thank you to all of you who played in our challenges last month!

An important note about our winners post: winners (challenges and blog hops) of the previous month are announced in one post (this one). All winners must claim their prizes by the deadline. If you are a regular player in our challenges or participant in our blog hops and special events, please consider following our blog, even signing up to receive email notifications when new posts are published. You'll find those links on the right side bar. 

Winners, please claim your prize on or before Sunday, December 31. Prizes not claimed by then will be forfeited -- no exceptions. Please understand that because we have a lot of winners and give away over $200 worth of prizes in the form of products and gift certificates each month, it would take a lot of time to contact the winners individually. I also want to be fair to those who regularly visit our blog and claim their prizes within the time frame given.

When claiming your prize, send an email to sheryruss@gmail.com. Please follow this format in the subject line:
"STAMPlorations November (Winner, Top Pick, Random Draw) - specific challenge here"
e.g., "STAMPlorations November Winner - Theme & Sketch Challenge"

If you are the winner of a tangible/mailable prize, do include your complete mailing address in the email you send, even if I already have mailed to you before. (It saves me time having to look up your address.)

Friday, December 08, 2017

{Mixed Media Tutorial} Monochromatic Stenciled Tag by Sanna

Hello there lovelies, Sanna here again. It is again time to share another mixed media tutorial with you guys today. This time I created a monochromatic stenciled and stamped tag with a start-to-finish video.

 Here is the tag I created:


STAMPlorations and the Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop + New Coffee Stamps + Comment to Win

Heads up, STAMPlorations friends! There's a fun blog hop starting today for those of us who love or enjoy a cup of coffee (or tea or chocolate)! The hop is hosted by Amy Tsuruta and Chaitali Narla.

Amy and Chaitali have invited lots of sponsors for the hop, including STAMPlorations, who are offering tons of fabulous prizes! Play along by creating a winter-themed project featuring coffee, tea and/or cocoa images. Post it on your blog and then link it up at the linky found on the Coffee Loving Cardmakers blog. The linky is open until Friday, December 15. Winners of sponsor prizes will be randomly drawn! (Psst! Keep scrolling for a free digi stamp you can use in your projects!)

And here are projects created using a few of our new coffee-themed stamps:

(This card is part of our mini release hop here.)


Guess what? We will randomly pick THREE (3) coffee- (or tea- or chocolate-) loving crafters to win a few more prizes: one will receive a $10 gift certificate to the store, one will receive the COFFEEOLOGY 2 stamp set, and one will receive two TYPOGRAFIA Coffee stamps (Good Mood and Smell the Coffee). Simply leave a comment on this post by 11:59 p.m. Monday, December 18. Easy peasy! Winners will be announced in our December Challenges and Blog Hops winners post in January so make sure to follow our blog so you don't miss that post.

And here's that free digi stamp you can use to create coffee projects to link up to the Winter Coffee Lovers blog hop for even more chances at the sponsor prizes. It's the digi stamp we currently offer on our Never-Ending Anything Goes Challenge page. If you use the image, be sure to link up your project there too because we draw two winners of gift certificates or stamp sets every month.

Winter Coffee Mug
Credits: STAMPlorations/Illustrated by Shery Russ
(Right-click and save the image to your computer.)



And finally, we're having a holiday sale throughout December. Stamps, stencils, and dies in the store are 30% off(No minimum order; excludes products in the New Release and Retiring categories) Use the coupon code HOLIDAY2017 on checkout. 

Thursday, December 07, 2017

{Spotlight Project} Die Cutting Goodness with Deepti!

Hello friends! Deepti here and welcome to another spotlight feature. Today I am back with some fun with the coordinating dies of a few stamp club sets. My idea was to focus on die cutting only.

Sometimes, working just with die cuts is pure delight and then you get to use all those papers that you have been hoarding LOL. Let me show you what I made. Here's the card:

December CAS Card Challenge

Hey, CAS lovelies! Can you believe it's the last month of 2017? Many, many thanks to everyone who played in our November challenge! Do check back on December 10 when we announce the winners and top picks.

We hope you'll play again. Our CAS Card Challenge is pretty simple: it's straightforward anything CAS goes with the optional color twist. Create a clean and simple card with or without the color we've picked to include. For November, we'd love to see brown in your CAS cards if you decide to twist!

Check out the beautiful cards the STAMPlorations girls made to inspire.




Wednesday, December 06, 2017

{Spotlight Project} Shirley Takes A Break From Christmas

I'm taking a little break from Christmas And Coffee to play with the new STAMP Club stamp set, Fluttery, which has coordinating dies.

{Special Stamp Release!} AND COFFEE by The Bee's Knees + Mini Release Hop -- Comment to Win!

Happy Wednesday, everyone! If you're a coffee lover, you would have heard that the Winter Coffee Lovers Hop hosted by Amy Tsuruta starts this Friday. And in that regard, we've got several new coffee-themed stamps added to the store. One of them is a 4x8 stamp set, And Coffee, designed by Shirley for her line, The Bee's Knees.

And who better to showcase these stamps than the designer herself? Shirley made 4 cards. Do stop by Shirley's blog after reading and commenting on this post. You may just be the lucky winner of her latest stamp set!

Awesome coffee cards, aren't they? If you like this stamp set, simply leave a comment here and on Shirley's blog for a chance to win. We'll randomly draw a winner from all the comments left. You have until Monday, December 11, to comment. We'll announce the winner on Tuesday, December 12.

And if you like Shirley's stamps, you could snap them up at 20% off. Just use the code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY on checkout. You'll find all of Shirley's stamps here. Plus, all of our coffee-themed stamps are 5% off (no coupon needed) throughout December.

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

{Spotlight Project} Becca Does Heavy Metal

It's a blizzard! Here in North Dakota we FINALLY have some snow on the ground and I celebrated by holing up in my craft studio and playing with my favorite thing - GLITTER. 

Today I'm going to show you how I made this textured metallic background to create a one-of-a-kind holiday showstopper. 

{SPECIAL EDITION] December TAGplorations Challenge - All About Christmas

Hey, STAMPlorations friends! Thank you to everyone who joined us in last month's challenge. Check back on December 10 for our winners post. We've got a special edition of this month's TAGplorations challenge. Here are the details:
  1. Link up as many projects as you want based on the theme with or without the optional twist (1 project per blog post).
  2. Your projects can be whatever you like (cards, ATCs, layouts, etc.) but it must feature a TAG.
  3. You can use whatever products you have in your stash; STAMPlorations products are not required.
  4. Display the challenge graphic below in your post AND link back to this post to qualify for the prizes.
  5. Link up by December 31, 11:55 p.m. Pacific time.
Optional Twist: GLITTER
Link back to:

Special prizes:
  1. Comment on this post and the designers' blogs for a chance to win a $15 GC to the store
  2. ONE (1) player randomly drawn from all entries will win a $20 GC to the store
  3. ONE (1) player randomly drawn from all entries will win her choice of 1 Tag Dies set from the store

The TAGplorations team will be featuring our CUTplorations tag dies in the projects they create for this challenge but players (you!) don't have to use STAMPlorations products. Use whatever you have in your stash...although we are always tickled pink when we see our products in projects entered in our challenges!



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